Currently working on: East-West Psychology PhD | California Institute of Integral Studies | Anticipated 2017
500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher | 2013
Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist | 2013
200 Hour Registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher | 2011
M.S. Organizational Management | School for Intl’ Training | 2010
B.A. Sociology and Art | Castleton State College | 2005
Intercultural Competency Trainer & International Service-Learning Facilitator
I started practicing yoga seriously in 2005. Many moves later, after grad school and my first “real” job, I moved back to the Boston area and dove in deeper. I practiced Bikram for about 9 months, tried Baptiste, and hopped from studio to studio. In 2011 I committed. After moving to Providence, RI I started practicing a more soulful vinyasa flow with Shannah Green at Eyes of the World. I completed my first 200 hour yoga teacher training with Deva Parnell at Discovery Yoga in St. Augustine, Florida. I became a certified, registered Kripalu Yoga teacher in July and started teaching regularly in August. And I fell into my journey, my purpose, my dharma.
On February 14th of 2012 I founded my first company, Jaan Yoga LLC. With a Master’s in Organizational Management, a business building class at the Center for Women and Enterprise, and my belief in social entrepreneurship I set forth to build a network of teachers dedicated to bringing yoga to people, where they are. A network that could support each other as teachers and continue to infuse the community with feedback, support, and the space to grow and transform. As a teacher, I am a sole proprietor. Teaching, mentoring, and consulting with individuals, small groups, organizations, and small businesses.
Service truly became a part of my life as a college student. My first trips to the transitional homes to make dinner, or drop off meals to the home bound, weren’t the most life altering experiences. But they planted a seed. And sometimes the seed is the most important part. I participated in Alternative Spring Break and traveled to Nicaragua, Peru, Florida, and Dominican Republic through out my college and early career years. I advised the Alternative Spring Break group at the University of Maine during my time leading community and service-learning. And I continued to support servant leaders and changemakers as the administrator for experiential and service-learning at Brandeis University. I felt strongly about making reciprocal community relationships and building partnerships. My service may not have changed the world, but I have definitely influenced some minds, maybe even the paths that some of my students are on.